When you hear this question it is a time for celebration and making plans for the future. But does your legal position change? Are there legal issues to consider even before you are married?
On 9th April 2019 Justice Secretary David Gauke announced the government’s intention to introduce new legislation…he said “I have listened to calls for reform and firmly believe now is the right time to end this unnecessary blame game for good.”
Making the decision to move in together is a big step in your relationship, a time for celebration and making plans for the future. But does your legal position change?
Sometimes separating couples try to reach agreement but to resolve the dispute need someone independent to listen to them and make a decision that resolves those issues, enabling them to move forward with their lives.
The traditional way of resolving disputes on divorce or separation was to go to court. Now couples can choose other ways to reach agreements instead of having a solution imposed on them.
Whether or not you have children, on divorce the Court can order that spousal maintenance payments are made by a spouse with more than enough income to meet their income needs, to a spouse with insufficient income to meet their income needs. This has recently been referred to in the press as a “meal ticket for life”.